Undergraduate Institution: Stonehill College
Current Role: Policy and Prevention Specialist, Virginia Department of Health
Why did you choose the Brown University School of Public Health?
I chose Brown because of the small class sizes, the distinguished faculty, and the research opportunities available. As someone who did not have much experience with public health, it was important to me to find a place where I knew I could get involved with a hands on research project, which is exactly what I found at Brown.
What made Brown’s program different from other programs you considered?
Brown stood out to me because their MPH allowed students to customize their coursework to their own interests. I wanted the chance to focus my MPH in both biostatistics and epidemiology, and by declaring a generalist track and picking my own courses, I was able to do just that.
What did you enjoy most about your program?
The faculty were definitely the best part of the program. Whether being taught in a course, mentored in my thesis, or supervised in my part-time research job, every faculty mentor I encountered went above and beyond to ensure a successful graduate experience. They helped me get a valuable education, provided me with many hands-on experiences, and offered useful advice in my job search.
What was your academic area of interest and why?
My interest was in biostatistics and epidemiology. I have always been interested in investigative epidemiological work and knew that I would need a strong foundation in biostatistics in order to fully understand epidemiology.
How did your program prepare you for your current position/next steps?
My program offered sessions about resume/CV writing, and job information programs were always being conducted through the CareerLAB at Brown. The most useful preparation for me, however, was to simply sit and chat with professors about jobs and to take all of their advice.
What did you enjoy most about Providence?
I loved all of the yummy restaurants, and the friendly, young vibe of college hill. You can always find a great place to hang out with friends!
What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
When I got to Brown, I didn’t have the strongest idea of what I wanted to do in my MPH, or what I wanted to do after my program ended. But what I realized when I started my program was that a lot of people were still trying to figure out their trajectory. So my advice is to not worry if you don’t have it all figured out! Explore your interests and work with faculty to find something you can get excited about!